The Asian Development Bank is helping Mongolia improve the safety of patients and health workers in hospitals, focusing on the safety of blood products, also known as hemovigilance.
Under the $30 million project, new technologies and protocols have been introduced. These included the launch of a national blood transfusion center and its 21 branch blood banks nationwide, as well as the renovation and deployment of equipment for hospital sterilization and microbiology laboratories to prevent and control hospital-acquired infections.
The initiative led to a three-fold increase of blood products in the national blood transfusion center, while at a national level the increase was five-fold.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - “I was pregnant with my fourth baby. I had C-section in my three previous deliveries. At that time, the doctor warned me that I would be unable to carry a baby to term in the future and advised me to seal the tubes in my womb. I begged the doctor not to do it,” says Alya Vadim, a mother of four from Ulaanbaatar.
“During my fourth pregnancy I had birth difficulty and started to lose blood.”
“I received blood from five people”.
“Blood safety is a matter of national security. Governments of all countries pay attention to blood safety. The Government of Mongolia is implementing an important project with ADB support to make blood transfusion safer in the country,” comments Dr. Alimaa Tuya, Deputy Director of Mongolia's National Transfusion Center.
“Under the project, the National Transfusion Medicine Center in Ulaanbaatar and blood banks in all provinces were upgraded with state-of-the-art equipment.”
Under the $30 million project, new technologies and protocols were introduced to ensure the quality of blood products.
The application for international accreditation of the National Center was also supported.
All 26 blood banks in the country’s 21 provinces were also renovated.
This led to a three-fold increase of blood products in the National center.
At a national level the increase was five-fold.
“Blood reserve is directly related to people’s health and life. In the past, not only provincial hospitals, but also hospitals in the capital city, did not have sufficient blood reserves for emergency cases,” says Sarangerel Davaajantsan, Mongolia's Minister of Health.
“Before, we had to transport blood from the nearest reserve. Today, all hospitals have sufficient blood reserve.”
Under the project, medical waste management and hospital hygiene are also being addressed.
Interim medical waste storage facilities in 8 hospitals were constructed and equipped.
Secondary and tertiary level hospitals will be renovated and equipped with state-of-the-art microbiology laboratories and sterilization centers.
Many families, like Alya’s, are receiving quality health services in every corner of Mongolia.